Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grateful Sampler Framed Art

It's time for my monthly sampler framed art class! I crutched over to the Crafty Corner yesterday with lots of ideas swirling around in my head. And I'm pretty happy with the result. I wanted a project for display in November, that was soft and beautiful. I really felt like honoring our beautiful earth and was wanting my gratefulness for all things to gently shine.


I've had the idea of using the Large Letter Framelits to spell grateful as the feature of of the piece for awhile. But I was a little worried about how to make it work due to the size of the word. So, like normal for this type of project I get out my notebook to plan it out. 



I'm recovering from a knee surgery, so I knew I wasn't going to spend a lot of time in the studio and fortunately things worked out. I'll give measurements first and then products used with close up pictures of each square.

The frame is a 9" x 9" Ribba shadowbox frame from Ikea.
The base is the Kraft paper from the Merry Little Christmas 12" x 12" Cardstock Pack, cut to 9" x 9".

The pieces are all using Very Vanilla, and all the edges are sponged with Crumb Cake Ink. 
There are 2 squares, 2" x 2" and backed by a piece cut 2" x 2 1/4".
The center top piece is 2" x 3 3/4" backed by 2 1/4" x 3 3/4".
The center piece is 2 1/4" x 8".
The leaf piece is 2"x 4 1/2" backed by 2 1/4" x 4 1/2".
The gourd piece is 2" x 3 1/4" backed by 2 1/4" x 3 1/4".


This adorable leaf (seen many times before in my projects) is Cajun Craze card stock die-cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Did you notice the lovely stamping in the background? It's the viney stamp from the Falling Flowers stamp set, stamped in Crumb Cake ink.


The top center panel is Lovely as a Tree, stamped in Versa Mark and embossed in Copper, and sponged using sponge daubers with Garden Green, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.
The flower is Copper Foil paper die-cut with a die from the May Flowers Framelits.


The center panel is stamped with the sunflowers from the Painted Harvest stamp set. I used Soft Saffron and stamped off Crushed Curry for the petals and stamped off Soft Suede for the centers. The letters are from the Letters for You stamp set and they are stamped in Cajun Craze and die-cut with the Large Letters Framelits.


I stamped the Vintage Leaves in Versa Mark and embossed in Copper. I sponged them in Cajun Craze, Garden Green and Crushed Curry, then die-cut them with the Leaflets Framelits. I used the Jute Twine from the Holiday catalog for the knot and a few unraveled bits between the leaves.


Last up are the gourds from Gourd Goodness. They are stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Garden Green and fussy cut with our super awesome Paper Snips. And that's a little piece of a Delicate White Doily peeking out at the bottom.

And here is the project once more, in it's frame.


Thanks so much for checking out this post. I wish you many fun sampler projects! If you have questions, let me know and I'll help you out the best I can.
Stay Crafty!








Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Sunshine Wishes

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's ICS Blog Hop Time!



This month, we are sharing cards for courage. Cards to lift a friend or family member's spirits in the face of a scary diagnosis of cancer. These are cards to encourage our loved ones to stay strong and believe in themselves, and to let them know that we care. 

I've made two cards, very similar using the Sunshine Wishes bundle, as well as the Painted Harvest stamp set.
My first card features the color teal in support of ovarian cancer. A former member of my Stampin' Up team is recovering from this cancer. I have been inspired to see her stay strong and to see the support of her family and friends. I was so happy to see her come to a class again a few months ago. She is the inspiration for my card and I am going to send it out in the mail to her tomorrow.


I used Bermuda Bay (my closest guess for teal) and Daffodil Delight.

As October is Breast Cancer awareness month, I reworked the card to feature the color pink. I used Powder Pink as my main color, complemented by Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.


And here the cards are together, similar yet different. 


I hope that you have been inspired and are encouraged to make and send a card to someone who for any reason could use a little cheering up.

For more crafty inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Sara has to share.


Need more info, want to order product? Just let me know, I am here to help.
Stay Crafty!
Audra







Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop, Layered Leaves



It's A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Time!
Hi crafty friends! Today I am hopping with a bunch of wonderfully creative demonstrators and we're sharing alternative ideas for September's Paper Pumpkin kit, Layered Leaves.
This kit is filled with lots of lovely leaves, already die cut and ready to go.

My first project is a full size card. I've used one of the included 3" x 3" colored envelopes to mount the small card front to. And then just added the other elements of the kit in. I love when I can make an alternative idea that doesn't use very many extra things. In fact, besides adhesive, (I used fast fuse) the only extra thing you need is a piece of Soft Suede card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and folded in half for your card base. Cool deal!


For my second project, I made a mini photo book and packaged it up in one of our Mini Pizza Boxes.



Isn't it the cutest? I think this would be super fun to fill with some small pictures of family and give as a gift at Thanksgiving or anytime. 
It could also be used for journaling on some of the pages about things you are thankful for.


I used the 3" x 3" envelopes to make the book.


I stacked 4 envelopes all in the same direction and attached all the flaps with some fast fuse.


Then carefully slid them all into another envelope and pressed them down, this was the tricky part.

 Then I put lots of fast fuse on the back flap and pressed it down.

I cut the small note cards apart. I used the embossed fronts for the front of the book and to decorate the box top. And the backs of the cards for the inside of the book. When you adhere the card stock to the envelope pages, on the open envelope sides, only put adhesive around the three sides and you can still use the envelopes to tuck more pics or ticket stubs into.

Add some of the leaves to the top of the box and you have a gift ready for giving.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you need more info on anything here, ask, I am very happy to help. If you'd like to purchase any of our totally awesome Stampin' Up products or need more info on the Paper Pumpkin kits, again, just ask!

For more inspiration, click  HERE or the next button below to see what Kelly has to share.
Stay Crafty!









Monday, September 18, 2017

A Halloween Sampler, Some Spooky Fun

Hi Crafty Friends!
Welcome to this month's framed art sampler. It's all about the spooky fun!


I am so excited about this one! I think it is so cute. And I know everyone is going to have a great time making one in class next week.

So, let's get to the details!

Measurements
Pumpkin Pie background: 9" x  9"
Very Vanilla base: 8" x  8"
Squares, Basic Black: 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and Very Vanilla: 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" and Spooky Night DSP: 2"x2"
Rectangles, Basic Black: 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" Very Vanilla: 2 1/8" x 4 5/8" and 2 pieces at 1" x 4 5/8"

Now let's check out the different stamp sets and elements used.


The owl is from Spooky Cat, and the branch is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The moon is the 3/4" circle punch. The letters are our indispensable Large Letters Framelits.


The adorable which hat is from Spooky Cat and the sentiment is from Merry Cafe. And there is a tiny bit of the Vintage Crochet Trim.


This center panel features the Creep It Real set and then these super cute and realistic pumpkins are from Gourd Goodness, no dies, so you'll need to cut them out. The cat is punched from the Spooky Night DSP.


I adore the cute little spooky faces. Seriously, I love them! They're in the Creep it Real set. I colored them with our Stampin' Write Markers, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Perfect Plum. And don't you love the two fussy cut and popped up faces? Ah! I can't stand the cuteness!
The bottom strip is all from the Spooky Cat set.


The final panel uses the Labels to Love set and the Everyday Label Punch.

Let's take another look at the whole thing again.


Ah! I just love it! 
If you need any help with ordering products or more information on anything, please let me know. I am so happy to help you with your creative needs.

Stay Crafty!








Thursday, September 14, 2017

September's Just Cards Class

Hi Crafty Friends!

Here's a look at the cards we'll be making next week at the Just Cards classes. You have two choices for in person classes, Wednesday the 20th at 7 and Friday the 22nd at 1. Classes are also available to go, contact me for more info.

I've really been enjoying the doubles format for the Just Cards class. We make two each of three cards. And if possible, I will have several options for the greetings.



Let's take a closer look at each set of cards. 
This first set of cards is inspired by The Freshly Made Sketches sketch challenge.



I love a good sketch to inspire me in my creating. You can join in the fun by clicking HERE to see the challenge on the Freshly Made Sketch's blog. This is the sketch I used.



This one was nice and simple and lets the sentiment be the focal point. So I decided to feature the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP. It was suggested to me by one of my class participants that the paper would be great for a wedding card. And I totally agree!


This card has so much sparkle! I embossed the sentiment in copper. The sentiment is from the retired set, For the New Two. There's a tiny strip of Champagne Foil, half a silver doily, a bit of gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape, and a little twirl of copper thread.

For fun, I did the second card as a baby card! And used a different piece of DSP from the pack.


The cute sentiment is from the Baby Bear stamp set.

Now, take a look at our next sets of cards.


This set of cards uses the Wood Textures DSP Paperstack, and the Colorful Season's Bundle. The Happy Birthday sentiment comes from the Birthday Banners set.


And the final set of cards uses the Falling Flowers stamp set and the coordinating May Flowers Framelits. The sentiments are from two different sets, Balloon Celebration and Feather Together.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm always happy to share some crafting fun.
Stay Crafty!





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Brightly Lit Christmas



Hi Crafty Friends!

It's the first Wednesday of the month so it's ICS blog hop time. This month we are featuring products from our new Holiday catalog. It is a lovely catalog full of great products for all of your holiday crafting. If you need a catalog, let me know.

I am show-casing the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Lamppost Thinlits Dies. On my first scroll through the Holiday catalog, this set caught my eye because of the lamppost. The Christmas lamppost has always been a favorite of my husband. We have a lamppost ornament for our tree and he gets to hang it. This was my first play with the set and I love it!


I used lots of new products on this card. The background paper and the DSP in the oval (I'm still loving the Stitched Shapes Framelits) are from the Christmas Around the World DSP. I think the key to this card is the little bit of So Saffron card stock in the light and the gold Foil Snowflake (the snowflakes might be my most favorite embellishment in the catalog). If you need any other info about the card, let me know. And just so you know, my husband really liked the card.

This card is part of my upcoming Christmas Card Club Class on September 12, at 10am and 7pm. For more info on the classes, check out my Facebook page or website.

Here are the other cards will be making in the class.




Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Stay Crafty!

For more inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Anastasia has to share.





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Holiday Catalog Swap Time

Hi Crafty Friends!

It's Holiday Catalog swap time!
There are lots of perks about being a Stampin' Up demo. One of them is that we can order from the new catalogs early. If you love craft supplies, you know how exciting it is to get new ones.
And we of course get a great discount on all our products. 
(And it's always a good time to join my team).

A fun thing that many demonstrators do is called a swap. It's a great way to get lots of different samples to share with our customers. Sometimes we swap at Stampin' Up events, and sometimes we swap by mail. I'm participating in a mail in swap focusing on the Holiday catalog. So I made 22 super cute cards and sent them off in the mail and next week I'll get 22 cards back in the mail.

Here is my swap, featuring the Merry Cafe stamp set that works with the Coffee Cup framelits from the annual catalog.


It's so sparkly and cheerful, right?
Let's talk about the sparkle first. I embossed with silver embossing powder, the word cheer. There is a silver snowflake, silver sequin trim, and rhinestones! So. Much. Sparkle. There is also some Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon. The Designer Series Paper is called Quilted Christmas (3" x 3" and backed with a piece of Real Red ( 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"). And I dry embossed the Whisper White card front ( 4' x 5 1/4") with the Softly Falling embossing folder. The card base is Garden Green.

For me, one of the more interesting things about swap cards is making multiples of the same card. So next is a little bit about how I did mine.

I stamped the cups and lids on half sheets of Whisper White card stock. Then I stamped and embossed them, then I cut out all of the pieces with my bigshot.

I have been having a few issues with my knee, so I assembled most of the parts and the cards while propping up and icing my knee. Mini Glue Dots were the adhesive of choice here.

Once I had all of the separate elements prepped, I was ready to make the cards.

It does look really cool as you start to build a pile of card elements.
Once they're all done, I pack them up and send them to the demo who is hosting the swap and then next week I'll get an envelope in the mail with the other participants cards. Check back here in a couple of weeks, maybe after Sept 8 and I'll update with a photo of the swaps I receive.

To finish up, here's a close up of the main decorative part.


Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!